Tuesday, May 8, 2012


MEOW! Today  my guest is author Lynsay Sands!

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written over 40 books and 12 anthologies since her first book was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres; historical, contemporary, and paranormal and have made the Walden Books, Barnes and Noble, USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers lists.

And now, in my hotseat….here’s Lynsay!
R:  Welcome, Lynsay!
L: Thanks Rocco

R: Tell us a bit about yourself, and how you became interested in writing?
L: It just sort of came naturally. From the first time a teacher asked for a story, I started to write. I never wrote short, one page stories as requested, but 60 to 80 page novellas. Fortunately, my teacher let me do that. I’ve been writing ever since. The stories just got longer. 

R: Tell us a bit about your latest book.
L: I had so much fun writing Under A Vampire Moon. This is Christian Notte’s story, and is set on St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a vacation with the 'girls'.  Unfortunately, the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. There seems to be a couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary around every corner, and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider; including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she happens to meet. While Carolyn’s busy thinking ‘it’s really too bad he's so young’, she finds out it doesn’t even matter, because according to his cousin, Giacinta, Christian’s not interested in women at all.  There’s a catch though--Christian needs Carolyn to play the part of his fake girlfriend for the week to appease his 'machismo' family.  Carolyn decides to help.  The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they’re a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions, and Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't…all of Christian’s places.

R: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
L: Oh jeez… I guess I’d be a practicing psychologist. I have a degree in psychology and worked in the field for a while, but I’m glad that I never went on to the doctorate program.  I’m afraid I wouldn’t have been able to leave my work at the office. I’d have empathized too much with my clients and been one depressed chick. It’s better I’m a writer.

R:  You write historical and paranormal romantic comedy. Is there one genre you prefer over the other?
L: I enjoy writing both, but I guess my first love will always be historicals because that’s what I started with.  The funny thing is that I don’t think of the books I write as historicals or paranormals.  My style is the same regardless of what genre I write in as there are elements of mystery, action, drama, humor, and even thriller in all my books. Shrug.

R: Was anyone in particular the inspiration for Argeneau?  If your books were made into film, who would you want to play him?
L: Hmmm….well there is no Argeneau per se. The Argeneaus are a family, a whole clan of people and many of them were inspired by family and friends of mine. Names, bits of personality, or character traits have all come from people I know.
As for actors playing the roles of my Argeneaus, I have no idea. I get this question quite a bit and I have yet to come up with an answer.  I think the reason is because none of them are wholly modeled on an actual person and come into my mind fully formed as themselves. They are unique so seeing an actor I’ve seen on television play their role would be a little strange.

R: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
L: Oh jeez… I guess it would have to be moving to England on the spur of the moment.  At the time my boyfriend asked me to move in with him and two months later I was in England!  New home, new country, didn’t know anyone except my boyfriend… it was an incredibly impulsive thing to do and I did it!

R: What one thing would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
L: I barely sleep when I’m writing. I’m lucky to get four hours of sleep a night when I’m in the mode.  If I’m not actually at the keyboard writing then I’m still writing the story in my head while I’m eating, sleeping, etc. It is a 24 hour a day job at times! 

R:  If you could travel anywhere back in time and meet one person, who would it be and why?
L: I get that question a lot too, and still don’t have an answer. There’s really no one in the past I’d like to meet…except maybe my mother. She passed away almost twenty years ago and I still miss her. I’d love to go back in time and have tea with her.

R: Just for Fun:
L: Beach or Mountains?  Beach, only because of the water.
Vampire or Vixen? Vampire.
Duke or Prince?  Duke. The prince has too much responsibility.
Lake or Ocean?  Lake. Oceans have sharks
Cat or Dog????????  Sorry Rocco… dog!

Your favorite:  I’ll qualify this by saying I don’t have one absolute favorite anything.  
Book:  I enjoy Dean Koontz’s older works. Tick Tock is the first one that comes to mind.
Movie:  I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon.
TV show: I’m really enjoying Eureka! Right now.
Actor: Don’t have one.
Actress:  Again, don’t have one.

Thanks so much for a great interview, Lynsay! 
Here’s a list of Lynsay’s 2012 releases:
February 28 2012 - The Husband Hunt - Lisa's story - 3rd book in the Madison Sister's series
April 24 2012 - Under A Vampire Moon - Christian's story - Book 16
July 31 2012 - Lady Is A Vamp - Jeanne Louise's story - Book 17

Visit her on the web at:

Okay, Kitties:

Lynsay will be giving a SIGNED copy of Under a VAMPIRE Moon to one lucky reader!
All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address.  Winner will be chosen at random using random.org. For extra entries, you can:

Friend me or the HUMAN on FB
Friend Lynsay
Follow any of us on Twitter
Tweet or FB about this contest (3 extra entries)

Contest open to US residents only, ends Midnight EST Sunday, May 13th!

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  1. lfphilpot@juno.com

    Love the interview and I still think that line about Tiny is the best one yet <3

  2. Great interview. Big fan of Lynsay's Argeneau series. Love Christian's character and glad to see him get a happily ever after. Also can't wait for Jeanne Louise's book. My favs or Bricker and Decker. They are very funny.
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  3. Love Lynsay!!!

  4. I LOVE Lynsay Sands! Her books are the ones that started my addiction to romances. I picked up one of her vampire books and fell in love, I had to read them all, then moved to her historicals when I ran out of vamps. From there, I moved to other authors. Lynsay is probably my overall favorite author...I never want her to end this series or quit the historicals either. I love her humor that comes through in all of her books.
    I already follow Lynsay on FB and twitter, and both the HUMAN and Rocco on FB.
    FB: June Manning
    Twitter: @JuneAnnM

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/JuneAnnM/status/200012456876191744

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/june.manning74

    ***Fingers crossed*** lol
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  5. Awesome interview!! I am looking forward to the read!!

    I follow Lindsay on twitter @mamma_d77

    and I tweeted about the giveaway

    I posted on facebook


  6. Enjoyed reading your interview, Linsay. You are an inspiration to fledgling writers, such as myself. I love comedic romances, I will check out one of your books.

    info [at] virginiawright [dot] com

  7. I love you Lynsay!! I love the book! :)
    I posted on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/amy.bachtel
    I shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/Amy_rockie0812

    1. Also a friend of Lynsay on Facebook!! :)